Often times the words “home automation” or “smart home” technologies conjures images of extensive and expensive home improvement projects. In the past, the technologies were just too cost prohibitive to most people. Times have changed. Now, home automation technologies are advanced and affordable — and even better they SAVE YOU MONEY.
One of the driving factors most people opt into smart home technologies is the opportunity to save money. Here are the top technologies that make that a reality.
Smart and Programmable Thermostats
Even though the terms are used interchangeably quite often, smart and programmable thermostats are two different things.Programmable thermostats are not necessarily smart, but smart thermostats are additionally programmable. Clear as mud, right? This means that you can program your thermostat to help reduce energy usage, or you can also remotely make adjustments via a smart app or your system can learn your usage patterns all to save energy. Since the largest portion of a home’s energy bill comes from heating and cooling costs, controlling usage results in substantial savings.
Pro Tip: Not only do you not need any crazy renovations, automating simple home functions and controlling them all from one device is easier and more affordable than ever.
With zone-based thermostats, you can divide your home into heating and cooling zones so that unoccupied rooms are not unnecessarily being heated or cooled. Motion sensors detect occupancy and if no movement is detected for some time, that zone adjusts to accommodate.
Smart lighting is another way to increase your savings. Lighting can account for as much as 25% of your utility bills, and that is significant. If you can control lighting, you add control to your budget. Interestingly, even making a conscious effort to turn off lights when you leave the room and limiting your use of electrical appliances doesn’t go nearly as far as using smart lighting in the home. Smart lighting responds to occupancy and turns out lights that have been forgotten, turns them off at predetermined times, and allows you to turn them off or on remotely by using your smartphone and home automation app.
Making your home smart certainly increases convenience and safety, but these small changes can help you noticeably cut your expenses. Not only do you not need any crazy renovations, automating simple home functions and controlling them all from one device is easier and more affordable than ever.
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